iMacs loaded with free on-demand movies in every room
The washer and dryer for common use
Super-knowledgeable staff who have insider tips for everything from bars to shopping
What To Know
This is a spot for singles or couples, not ideal for kids
If this is your first time in Paris, keep in mind that this is not in a central location
Parking on site
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Offbeat, design-y hotel on the outskirts of Paris that caters to hip young things who don’t care if they’re far from the Louvre
While the 20th arrondissement isn’t top of anyone’s list of must-see districts in Paris, this funky little hotel doesn’t care. The youthful guests drink cocktails on the roof, take selfies wearing the cartoon masks that are part of the room décor, and snack on French regional cuisine or just-out-of-the-oven pizzas with just the right air of nonchalance. You’ll have to leave the Philippe Starck–designed environs and hop on the metro to see any of the traditional Paris sights, or you could just ask the hip staff members for their tips for what to do in the 20th. Rooms are compact (some have just a single bed), but it’s the ground floor that’s the hang-out spot—a sort of open-plan café, bar, and concept store combo all staffed by friendly folks who’ll make you feel part of the cool crowd.
In the Area
The closest metro stop is about a ten-minute walk from the hotel—and you’ll need to use it to get to the main Paris sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame. If you prefer to stay in the neighborhood, though, there’s still plenty to see: this section of the city was once a village, and the old houses are beautiful, though mixed with 1970s housing blocks. The one major site within walking distance is the Père Lachaise cemetery, which is worth at least an afternoon: enormous and verdant, it’s home to a stunning array of famous people’s graves (residents include Balzac, Chopin, Molière and Edith Piaf, as well as Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison). About a mile and a half east of the hotel you’ll find more bars and shops. FrenchTrotters, a chic little clothing boutique, is just down the Rue de Charonne from Septime, one of the city’s best restaurants. Bertrand Grébaut’s seasonal cooking and a list of natural wines are a big draw—book as far in advance as possible.